Duke in the NBA: Amile Jefferson Notches Another Double-Double

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Day Three of the Las Vegas Summer League was in full swing and it was Amile Jefferson and the Minnesota Timberwolves to kick things off.

It was just another afternoon at the office for Minnesota Timberwolves Summer League team forward Amile Jefferson.

For an encore performance of Friday’s 12 points and 14 rebound effort, Jefferson went for 15 points and 13 rebounds in Sunday’s 103-92 victory over the Toronto Raptors Summer League squad.

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Jefferson also added a steal to his stat line. Like Friday, Jefferson was in the starting lineup for the T-Wolves and the former Duke star played the third most minutes, 31, of anyone on Minnesota behind rookies Josh Okogie and Keita Bates-Diop.

Jefferson’s 15 points came from going six for eleven from the field and making three of his four free throw attempts. A majority of those shot attempts came from Jefferson’s relentless motor on the offensive glass as he was able to pull down seven offensive rebounds, to go along with his six defensive rebounds.

Throughout his time in the NBA G-League with the Iowa Wolves and throughout the Las Vegas Summer League, Jefferson has made it a priority to show that he is able to rebound at a very high rate despite his 6-foot 9-inch height.

Jefferson’s path to the NBA seems very similar to his good friend and former teammate at Duke, Quinn Cook. Cook dominated the G-League and Summer League, like Jefferson, before signing a contract with the Golden State Warriors, and then becoming an NBA Champion.

The Minnesota Timberwolves Summer League team, along with Jefferson will be back in action on Monday night against the Brooklyn Nets Summer League team at 11:00 pm ET which can be seen on ESPNU.

Amile Jefferson will look to build on his back to back double-double games and what has already been a very productive Las Vegas Summer League for the former Duke captain.